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City businesses encouraged to sign up to new charter

Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 4:36pm

Businesses across Cork city are now being encouraged to sign up for the training programme in a bid to see Cork become a city of excellent customer service.

Launched recently, the Cork City Customer Service Charter, which is the first of its kind in Europe, was developed by Cork City Centre Forum with the aim of establishing Cork as a city of excellent customer service and helping the city to become one of the friendliest, most liveable and sustainable cities globally.

The Cork City Centre Forum is a collaboration between various business and public sector groups in the city.

The training programme, run by the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Cork City, is now open for registration. There are a limited number of spaces on each programme, available on a first come, first served basis.

The programme comprises of a briefing session for owners/managers on March 26 with leading retail consultant James Burke, of James Burke & Associates, who will also deliver a Train the Trainer Workshop on April 2 for key senior staff who will then be equipped to deliver the training to other staff/teams in the business.

The programme will give an overview of the Cork City Customer Service Charter presented by a charter team member and business owner.

It will also cover the difference between good and great service, and provide practical training on great customer service principles linking to the Customer Service Charter, plus much more.

Participants will also be taken on an ‘Inspire’ tour of The Crawford Art Gallery, which will be led by one of the charter team. Each attendee of the Train the Trainer workshop will be provided with resources and materials which can be used to train the staff and teams in each business.

Following on from the workshop, there will be a number of mystery shopper visits to assist in assessing the impact of the workshop and training.

Each business will be provided with its own feedback as a guide to identify best practice and areas for improvement.

In 2018, 15 city centre businesses took part in a pilot programme to help develop the charter and training initiative.

This new programme is open everyone who interfaces with the public in Cork city, from retailers to the hospitality industry, to hairdressers and taxi drivers alike. It costs €60 per business.

For further information on the training programme and to register see:

For more information on the Customer Service Charter see

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